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Is Albert Pujols Lying About His Age?

Updated on December 14, 2011

Pujols Signing With Angels

Update: Now that Albert Pujols will sign with the California Angels in a 10 year, $254 million deal, I must say as a Cardinals fan I'm not terribly surprised, and a bit relieved to see that he is going to the American League.

But the question that remains is, how old will Albert Pujols be when he retires? We may never know.

How Old is Albert Pujols?

Now that Albert Pujols has entered free agency, other cities and teams are confronting head on the rumor that has been whispered in baseball circles in St. Louis and across the Major Leagues: Is Albert Pujols lying about his age? How old is Albert Pujols?

Albert Pujols is one of the best players to ever play the game. He is known for his consistency. At a time when young upstarts may steal the top spot in a certain category from year to year, Albert is always in the top ranks, every year. He may not grab the top spot in homers or RBIs every year, but every year, he is ranking.

Even if you doubt whether he is the greatest player ever, you would almost be a fool to argue that he's not the best player of the last decade.

Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals, Number 5
Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals, Number 5 | Source

Why Would Pujols Lie About His Age?

First of all, we have to point out that there is no evidence that Albert has lied about his age, only speculation. In fact, he became a naturalized citizen in 2007, scoring perfectly on his citizenship test. Whatever documents he had were apparently good enough for the US government.

There are many reasons why people would think Albert is lying about his age. For someone in his early thirties, he looks much older. Plus, he has lost much of his hair, which isn't helping things. While these may not seem out of place for someone for someone in their early thirties, he has looked this way for quite a few years, since almost his mid twenties.

Besides the obvious physical reasons, Albert's heritage also plays a role. Coming from the Dominican Republic, he is from a part of the world that is obsessed with baseball greatness, and a place that is known to have parents who will lie about the age of their child to gain an edge.

Also, the strongest reason to accuse Albert of lying is jealousy and a desire to taint a man who has thus far only proven to be almost a saint. He survived the steroid era, and yes, he was assumed by some to among the roidheads, but when the Mitchell Report came out, he was not named.

Accusing him of lying about his age could be a way to accuse him of something that is plausible in an effort to taint his legacy.

Even if Pujols is older than he says he is, we may never know if he lied, or his parents lied to him. And at this stage in his career, really the only people who should be worried are those who have to decide if he's worth $250 million and a ten year contract.

I must admit that about 8 years ago, I had a friend tell me that he heard from Whitey Herzog, the legendary former Cardinals manager, that Albert is older than he says he is. He met Whitey on a charity or celebrity fishing trip, and said that Herzog claimed to have a grandson or son who played with him in high school and knew him to be older. I may be botching some of the details, but the gist of the story was that Whitey got drunk and was adamant that Pujols was not the age he claimed to be.

If I found out tomorrow that Pujols had been lying about his age, I would not be surprised, but rather, a bit let down. Albert is a great role model for sports at a time when so many athletes are scumbags, criminals and cheaters. While lying about his age may have allowed him to gain an edge at an early age, it is not a performance enhancer or a form of cheating at baseball.

Albert has done so many great things, both on and off the field. I can not recall a professional athlete who has dedicated so much of his life to charity, whether it is the Pujols Foundation for special needs children, or his charity to help the poor in his native country. If Albert Pujols is lying about his age, that would be an action that does not comport with the man of God that he proclaims to be.

When it comes to Albert Pujols, two things are undeniable: his talent and his human spirit.


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      Tim 6 years ago

      I have a US passport that has my birthday 5 years younger than I really am. I've used it loads of times. If I did that in the US I'm sure you could do that in the Dominican Republic.

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      marriedwithdebt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Lol! That'll make him 50 when his contract is up. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Steve Hennesssee 6 years ago

      The Angels are screwed. Pujols is 42, not 32. Fernando did the same thing a couple of decades earlier. They both were great players. This season has been a disaster for Pujols.

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      Kidgas 6 years ago from Indianapolis

      Maybe we should cut him in half and count the rings?

      I can see where records in the Dominican Republic are less than ideal. He may or may not know his true age. But I really don't think that it should be a factor if he can continue to perform.

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      marriedwithdebt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Great point PTBAD. I'm ready to move on and am looking forward to the season.

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      proudtobeadad 6 years ago

      Definitely an interesting read. As a Cards fan and having viewed the good things he has done off and on the field, I'm choosing to believe he is the age he says he is. Does that change the fact pattern and truth? Not at all. ...what I saw him do this year and play thru a fractured wrist with minimal downtime was something that few could do. Certainly it's something the older you get it would be nearly impossible.

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      marriedwithdebt 6 years ago from Illinois

      @ Cogerson - I was really glad to see that the Phillies blew their cash elsewhere. Couldn't have AP going there. I think the Cards made the right business decision, but we will see.

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      UltimateMovieRankings 6 years ago from Virginia

      Interesting thoughts on Pujols. Lots of baseball players from Central America trim a few years off their ages, to appear more valuable to the teams that are scouting them....if that is the case with Pujols, I can only imagine the Angels having to deal with Pujols making a ton of money in 2017 and pushing 40....either way it will be interesting to see how Pujols does with the Angels.....voted up and interesting....go Phillies.

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I live in portland and all we get down here is Mariner's games. the way they spend huge amounts of money on crappy players, the announcers are delusional, even for homers, their fans are brainless.

      i became an A's fan during the 80's. I've always loved them. Once I pick a team, i stick with them, regardless. I'm also a seahawk fan, Trail Blazer fan and Red Wings fan.

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      marriedwithdebt 6 years ago from Illinois

      PDX - at least you don't have the Cubs, which is the worst sports team in the history of organized sports. The A's have always been cool in my book, especially during the Bash Brothers (steroids) day.

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      ya, i'm a lowly A's fan... (still, better then the Mariners. The worst franchise in all of SPORTS)

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      marriedwithdebt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Hey cmdugan. In my grief as a Cardinals fan, I didn't think that you guys would be playing against him a lot more. I'm just glad he went to NL.

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      Cory Dugan 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      I don't care how old he is, as a Rangers fan this hasn't been the best day!

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      marriedwithdebt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Hey PDX, thanks for stopping by. I think the rumors are going to come to a head shortly; I think I saw something on Twitter about it today actually.

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I have never heard these rumors before, but you lay a good case that he at least *could* have lied. Also, his game in 2011 was a slight decline from his game in 2010 which was a slight decline from his game in 2009. Athletes generally begin their decline around age 30. I've always like Pujols. Good hub!


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